Imaginary Daughter 036 - 040

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It's a shorter batch of pages this time, but I wanted to share them with you already. Hopefully you'll like them.
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Imaginary Daughter 036 - 040
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Father and Daughter have "fallen" from their building, and now Father has to make a difficult choice! Or at least, a very wei...
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2008-11-13
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karchesky

karchesky |           

Oh, it's a sort of mischievous expression. Sort of appearing innocent while thinking something devious. Though I think I've seen it used as actual innocence as well. The proper smiley is :3 (not to be confused with :-3 which is just a guy with a big moustache!)
Keller

Keller |           

Ah, one question! What is the meaning of the Manga face expression, where the mouth gets the shape of a horizontal "3"? It was in one of your other episodes and I never got it.
karchesky

karchesky |           

Thanks Keller and PaulErebus. I *hope* that the whole thing will make sense in the end. That depends on my storytelling skills, such as they are, so... yeah.
I'm not sure if it's the best way to tell a story either. It's just the way I chose - or more like the way this story unfolded in my mind, in that I never really considered other ways of telling it. And indeed it's dangerous in that you need to engage the reader and keep her engaged while going out on a limb... again, it comes down to storytelling skills, of which I'm not sure I have a lot.
As for this fourth-wall-playing-around, I realize it's been around forever, though I haven't seen anything like this before (or I wouldn't have done it). Personally I neither particularly like it or dislike it on principle. Rather I like it if it's well done. I'm thinking about Grant Morrison's Animal Man run, for some instances of well done fourth-wall breaking. I hope my little experimentation here came out well. And again, I hope when the story is over it will make more sense, in that through these little things you might better understand the nature of the world we're in.
Anyways, thanks for reading :)
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I don't fancy the play with speech bulbs and the likes anymore, because it has been done over and over: Characters falling out of the panel into another one, the authors hand reaching into the comic to erase something, speech bulbs becoming solid, ... bla bla bla. It has been done as early as in 50's comics from waaay back then.

Your style is good though. I like the choice of color on the last page.
Keller

Keller |           

Yeah, you're right. Also the title makes it perfectly clear (the relationship), so no harm done.
The purpose of the journey will become clear in the end? I am not so sure if that is a method that keeps the reader interested. In the Christmas Story, for example, the ghosts want to show Scrouge the spirit of Christmas, which is made clear from the beginning. But maybe this is just one out of many ways to tell an interesting story.
So far, your story is about playing around and have senseless fun. If that is your intention, rock on!
karchesky

karchesky |           

Thank you, boy! I haven't read Airtight Garage yet, I really ought to.
boy

boy |           

I like the comic-journey, i like to see you developing the actors, the plot, your skills. I have great respect you doing all this work, for yourself firsthand and for us, your readers. Me personally I dont need goals nor reasons. Your comicline reminds me a bit of Moebius-Airtight Garage.
karchesky

karchesky |           

Thank you, Keller. I can't give the plot away, but this journey isn't purposeless, something which I hope will become clear in the end.
As for the relationship between a child and an adult, that's something that worried me as well when I started this story. But there are a couple of things I try to keep in mind: first, that such a relationship might be completely innocent from both parties, and that's how it always should be. After all, it's the way children relate to their parents and other relatives, their older neighbors, and so on. Just because sometimes bad things happen as we all know, that doesn't mean that we should be creeped out by default. The vast majority of mankind would never do these things, and so I think we'd be better off looking at the world with innocent eyes ourselves... if that makes any sense.
The other thing to keep in mind in this particular case is that Daughter is a figment of Father's imagination. Even though she appears to show independence and such, in the end she's not different from an imaginary friend. As such, you're not actually witnessing the relationship between an adult and a child, but rather a sort of dialogue between different aspects of the same individual.
Anyways, I hope to someday be able to sell you on the plot of Imaginary Daughter :D
Keller

Keller |           

To be honest, I don't like this kind of story in general (stories, that are just about someone taking a journey without having any goal oder reason). And I find the idea of a little girl establishing friendship with an older man while being permanently in a disturbingly childish and playful mood somehow creepy. But those dream-like plots are really entertaining and very anarchic in its way. So 5 stars from me.
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